September 6, 2019 – This morning, following conversations with all of the deans of the deaneries along the coast, Bishop Lawrence reported that Hurricane Dorian caused only minor damage or minimal loss to the church structures in the Diocese. A large tree fell on Sea Oats lodge at St. Christopher, but early assessment appears it did not cause any structural damage. Power has yet to be restored to St. Christopher and several other areas throughout the Diocese.
While grateful for these reports, the Bishop urges everyone to continue to hold those affected, especially those in the Bahamas, in prayer and, for those able, to give to the Anglican Relief and Development Fund’s response effort.
ARDF is partnering with Water Mission to bring relief to victims of the storm. Based in North Charleston, and led by members of our Diocese, Water Mission is planning to send three shipments as quickly as possible to the affected areas. These will primarily be reverse osmosis systems that can treat saltwater as well as water purification packets for distribution to individuals.
According to early reports 62,000 people are in need of access to safe water. Thanks to a generous partner, Foster Friess, all gifts to support these relief efforts will be matched, up to $1 million.
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